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InStyle.com: Do They Really Work? 16 Big-Claim Beauty Products Put To the Test

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Diamond-Tipped Exfoliator

The Claim: Want a youthful glow without the sun's help? Behold, an at-home microdermabrasion tool equipped with three diamond-encrusted tips to brighten and smooth (not scratch) skin and suction power to eliminate flakes and dead cells that dull the surface. Used once a week, it beats your gooey, fruity-smelling scrub in the performance department.

Expert Opinion: "If you're going to invest in an at-home skin-care device, this is where I recommend you spend your money," says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. In fact, utilized on a high setting with a medium tip, he says, "it provides a professional-quality microdermabrasion," though at first it's best to start with the lowest setting and finest tip to gauge your sensitivity.

Our Take: "It makes quick, clean work of exfoliating. I did one side of my face and immediately saw a difference in texture—even after I put on makeup, that side of my face looked more even," remarks one staffer. "After a few weekly sessions I did think my skin was brighter, and it definitely felt softer." A word of caution: Even on the lowest setting, with a fine tip, the abrasiveness of the tool may not be negligible. Says another staffer, "After several passes over one cheek, my skin started to tingle a bit, so I was careful to not linger over certain spots."

Riiviva Microderm, $299; riiviva.com.

(CREDIT: Brian Henn)
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